Above the Rhine and Moselle River
Kastellaun is a lively centre in the northwest of the Hunsrück — just a stone's throw from the Rhine and Moselle River. The townscape of Kastellaun's old town is characterized by slate, rough broken stones and half-timbered houses. Landmark is the ruin of castle Sponheim towering above the town. Frequently the castle serves as stage for a variety of open-air theatre and festivals.
The town of Kastellaun is located in the Hunsrück holiday region, approximately 29 km to the northeast of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Hunsrück is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. The Hunsrück holiday region is one of Germany's most richly forested areas. Surrounded by the river scenery of the Rhine, the Moselle, the Saar and the Nahe, it is criss-crossed by an extensive network of trails where walkers follow in the footsteps of the Celts and the Romans. There are also quaint little country towns, castles and old mills to visit. ... read more about the Hunsrück holiday region
In the city centre you will find the ruins of medieval castle Sponheim. Build in 1226, the castle became seat of count Graf Simon II. von Sponheim. In 1689 the castle was destroyed in a war and its ruins remained. It goes without saying that the citizens of Kastellaun are committed to renovation and preservation of their castle and old town. Historic monuments are preserved bearing the needs of the residents in mind. The townscape of old town is characterized by slate, rough broken stones and half-timbered houses. Visitors interested in history will enjoy a guided tour of castle Sponheim at night. Or will go on an excursion on the historic paths to nearby castles Balduinseck and Waldeck.
- Castle Sponheim
- Built in 1226, it was seat of count Simon II. von Sponheim. In 1305, town ordinances and privileges were given. The castle was destroyed in 1689 and only its ruins remained. Today, the castle is open to the public and is stage for open-air theatre and festivals.
- Town Gate
- The old town gate of the city wall has been preserved. It is part of the hotel ‘Zum alten Stadttor’ and is a monument of the early history of Kastellaun.
- House Maull
- This house is a prominent example of the elaborate Hunsrück architectural style of half-timbered houses faced with slate. The house is open to the public. Visitors can see a part of the old city wall, the well of the house, and the inside of the house including the three floors of the cellar.
- Toy and City Museum
- Located in ‘House Maull’, the museum exhibits toys from the past 150 years. The collection includes dolls, doll's houses, teddy bears, and many more toys from several eras. In addition, the museum gives an insight into the life style at the turn of the 19th century.
- Half-Timbered Houses
- In old town Kastellaun, you will find a variety of half-timbered houses from the 15th century. Many of them faced with slate, they represent the typical architectural style of the Hunsrück region.
- Protestant Church
- The history of the church dates back to the 13th century. Its prominent church tower is a characteristic of the architectural style. Also worth seeing is the tomb of count Simon II. von Sponheim from the 16th century.
- Catholic Church
- Built right next to the ruins of the castle, the church is another prominent landmark of the town. Its neo-gothic décor is totally preserved.
- Castle Balduinseck
- In 1325, elector Balduin built castle Balduinseck as a symbol of his power. The castle was build according to French models (Donjon Type) and the English Tower. The castle is located near the town Buch.
- Castle Waldeck
- Exciting festivals and concerts take place at Burg Waldeck (built in 1250). It provides an excellent environment for exceptional shows. It is located in the Baybach Valley (Baybachtal).
The people of the Hunsrück enjoy good plain cooking and culinary specialities. Kastellaun and its surrounding area offer a wide variety of local food and gourmet dishes. A broad range of restaurants, inns and hotels invite you to relax at the end of the day. A special experience awaits the rambler in the old mills. Some have been converted to inns. Located at beautiful streams and valleys, they offer the perfect setting for a hearty meal. Or relax and go for a stroll in town. Enjoy historic old town and explore the historic sites. Don't miss the toy museum and city museum. Small shops, cafés, and beer gardens invite you to take a break.
Kastellaun offers a wide variety of leisure activities. Enjoy picturesque landscapes or get pampered at the health and fitness park. There is something for every age group. Whether riding school, miniature golf, inline skating or indoor pool: children are warmly welcome. Calmness and motion are part of nature in the Hunsrück. Fresh air bursts your body with energy and offers a whole new sensation. Take time for a ramble, go on a cycle tour, or enjoy the beautiful countryside on horseback. The scenery around Kastellaun will make you feel good. Its forests, meadows and fields have their own beauty. Discover a virgin landscape that still has a mysterious atmosphere and is full of surprises. Go on a ramble and cross for hours almost endless fields, forests and romantic valleys. There are many opportunities, whether on foot or on bike. Just take one of the many cycle paths or footpaths.
Kastellaun is a venue of cultures. Theatre staged at the ruins of the castle, rock music at the quarry, jazz at the palace garden, or playing of a brass band at the village square: there is a varied calendar of events. Exciting festivals, stage performances, literary events, and concerts are offered at castle Waldeck. Always good for a surprise and a famous locality for exceptional shows. Renowned German artists like Reinhard Mey or Hannes Wader started their success story here.
Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.
Buses run from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Kastellaun.
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